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The Third Policeman
4.02
it was amazing
One of the funniest books I have ever read, but also one of the most profoundly unsettling. This is a story told by a robber/murderer who ends up at a ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Seas
3.78
it was amazing
The Little Mermaid Grows Up
A review by Alexis Smith

Samantha Hunt has written a layered debut novel, part fairy tale, part bildungsroman, and part medi
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Bad Monkeys
3.61
it was amazing
Monkey Shines
A review by Gerry Donaghy

Jane Charlotte works for The Department of Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons, a division of a nameless o
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Honey in the Horn
3.60
it was amazing
What was missing in Davis's 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Honey in the Horn was the romantic stereotyping and moralizing that could be found in mu ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Winter of Our Discontent
3.99
it was amazing
Published the year before Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962, The Winter of Our Discontent has often been undeservedly scorned by critics as his mo ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Tender Buttons
3.76
it was amazing
Stein continues her experiments with a "continuous present" in this classic work written in 1912, emphasizing sounds, rhythms, and repetitions over an ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.86
it was amazing
Faulkner is in a class of his own, and this is his best work. Moving seamlessly from its opening incoherence to its revelatory finale, it's almost as ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Baltasar and Blimunda
3.90
it was amazing
Widely considered to be one of the most accomplished works from Portugal's only Nobel laureate, Baltasar and Blimunda is a heart-wrenching epic of pro ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Too Loud a Solitude
4.17
it was amazing
This slim little volume is packed with symbolic elements. Hantá, a small man and quintessential dreck-hero, spends his life in a dank cellar where all ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The War Prayer
4.44
it was amazing
In a church, young men are being gathered together prior to being shepherded off to their red, white, and blue deaths. To die for God and country! Tho ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
4.46
it was amazing
"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters," w ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Frankenstein
3.75
it was amazing
Written by an anonymous nineteen-year-old, rejected by two publishers, and finally printed in a small run of only 500 copies, Mary Shelley's Frankenst ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Mandarins: Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
4.31
it was amazing
This newly translated collection of Akutagawa short stories is long overdue. Continuing the themes set forth in his collection Rashomon, the stories m ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.26
it was amazing
This is a book that still resonates more than 45 years after being published. After reading it again and again, I am still moved by the power and huma ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities: The Complete Plates in Colour, 1734-1763
4.31
it was amazing
Taschen has always published heavy, lush art books, but they've outdone themselves with Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (weighing in at thirteen pounds ...more
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio
3.65
it was amazing
Will the internet replace the need for ham radio? Not according to life long ham radio operator Jerry Powell. More than an old-man's pastime, ham con ...more
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Sacred Games
3.93
it was amazing
"Sacred Games is a brilliant crime epic, which impressively balances a literary detective and gangster story with a cinematically violent tale of cont ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Autobiography of Red
4.32
it was amazing
Meet Geryon: sensitive, stupid boy and winged, red monster. This is the story, written in verse, of his flight from an abusive brother and cipher-like ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Suttree
4.18
it was amazing
I read Suttree twenty years ago and was floored by the writing and the story. It is a poignant tale of a man choosing to live his life as he wants, tu ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Women
4.21
it was amazing
Annie Leibovitz got her start at Rolling Stone in the early seventies. There she made a name for herself and produced some of the publication's most ...more
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Dec 09, 2008
 
Marcovaldo
3.87
it was amazing
While not as well known as If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, or Cosmicomics, Marcovaldo equally exemplifies the peerless brilliance ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Martha Quest
3.83
it was amazing
It's impossible to overstate the formative effect Doris Lessing's "Children of Violence" series had on my adolescence. In its first book, Martha Quest ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Figures for a Darkroom Voice
4.22
it was amazing
These aren't just two guys with three names each; these are two of the poets to watch in the next generation. Gordon just won the National Poetry Seri ...more
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Pale Fire
4.19
it was amazing
Pale Fire consists of a long, elegiac poem written by John Shade and a rambling commentary on the poem produced by a Professor Charles Kinbote. Shade' ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Notes of a Native Son
4.35
it was amazing
These brilliant essays, which ultimately form a profound meditation on what it means to be "native" to this complex and brutal country we call America ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.69
it was amazing
After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon returns for another literary tour ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
3.79
it was amazing
I was thrilled and enamored with the pinprick subtlety of all the goodness chocked into these short stories. I read a few when they first appeared in ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.89
it was amazing
A review by Chris Bolton

Blink is a fluke. That is, my reading Blink is a fluke. Part of my job at Powells.com involves adding review and excerpts to t
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
3.68
it was amazing
James Sveck doesn't like people his own age. He has just graduated high school, but instead of listening to his parents and going to Brown University, ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Master and Margarita
4.32
it was amazing
A hilarious attack on the hypocrisy of early Soviet Moscow that is as much a commentary on Stalin's political propaganda as it is on all forms of patr ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
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